Loop: Parolee shot while sitting in stolen car Wednesday afternoon

A 30-year-old man is in good condition after someone shot him while he sat in a stolen car in the Loop on Wednesday afternoon, according to a CPD report. State records show the victim has more than five felony convictions and was paroled in March for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police said the man was seated in the passenger side of a stolen Jeep Cherokee on the 800 block of South Wabash when a dark-colored sedan pulled up and the occupants of the two cars began arguing around 2:50 p.m. Someone in the sedan pulled out a gun and began firing at the SUV, striking the victim in his shoulder. Police found 14 shell casings at the scene.

The two cars sped away. Police said the occupants of the Jeep jumped out and ran from the vehicle when it reached the 1100 block of South State a few moments later. Police summoned an ambulance to transport the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Area Three detectives are investigating the case. 

Police also said a male suspect is in custody, but the department did not clarify if the man was wanted in connection with the shooting or with the stolen Jeep.

Illinois Department of Corrections records show the shooting victim received a two-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm in March 2019. He was released early after serving half of the sentence this year. He previously received an 18-month sentence for defrauding a financial institution in 2018; two years for ID theft in 2016; a concurrent two-year sentence for forgery in 2016; and a three-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2013.

Today’s victim is the 13th person shot in the Loop this year. That compares to three shootings during all of 2019. Three homicides have been reported in the neighborhood so far this year, the same number as in all of last year. However, only one of this year’s murder victims was shot: one was stabbed, and the other was pushed between the cars of a moving Red Line train.

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